The city of Chinguetti was founded at the end of the 13th century. At that time, many scholars took up residence there and founded Koranic universities. As an important stopover point for the caravan trade, the city's population peaked in the 18th century when it reached 40,000 inhabitants. In the 20th century, with the decline of the trans-Saharan trade, the people who lived there made for Atar or ...
The Chinguetti Mosque dates from the 13th century: in the foreground, the minaret.
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